St Oran's Cross, one of the world's oldest celtic crosses, will be restored and returned to Scotland's island of Iona in time to see the celebration of the 1450th anniversary of the arrival of St Columba. The 8th century cross weighs over a ton and will stand nearly 15 feet tall. (photo)
The intricately-carved stone cross "is beautifully carved with Biblical scenes and Celtic interlace patterns." "It's one of the largest and finest in the collection of early medieval carved stone grave slabs and crosses to be found at Iona Abbey," said Peter Yeoman, Historic Scotland's Head of Cultural Heritage.